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Eyes on the Prize

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:48:50 GMT

Starting in 1961, Mississippi became a testing ground of constitutional principles and of the human spirit, as the civil rights movement concentrated its energies on the right to vote.

Community Calendar for the week of February 26, 2017

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:17:03 GMT

MSU turns 139 -- Stop by Mississippi State University's Colvard Student Union Dawg House for complimentary cake, ice cream and drinks between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. as the university celebrates its 139th anniversary. The party is presented by Renasant Bank.

Charlie Mitchell: Mississippi should invest in what's already working

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 06:27:53 GMT

A tour bus pulled off the side of the narrow highway just west of Marks where Highway 6 becomes as flat and straight as the furrows that flank it. It was early October.

Book Review: Barksdale's Charge

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 20:05:52 GMT

On July 2, 1863, Brig. Gen. William Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade, part of Lafayette McLaws' Division in James Longstreet's First Corps, launched a ferocious assault late in the day against the Federal left at Gettysburg, where former congressman Dan Sickles had unwisely shifted troops forward to occupy a peach orchard.

Senate prospects grim for early voting bill

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:41:54 GMT

A bill to create an early voting period in Mississippi faces an unfriendly reception in the state Senate despite strong bipartisan support in the House of Representatives. House Bill 228 would allow any registered voter to cast a ballot from 14 days prior to an election day until the Saturday immediately preceding an election.

Wyatt Emmerich: The debate over tax and spend

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:16:31 GMT

Our Legislature is grappling with this reality. Tax collections are below expectations.

Mississippi could expand dyslexia voucher program

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 03:17:43 GMT

Mississippi lawmakers could expand a program enabling students to use state money to attend schools with specialized help for dyslexia. The House has already passed the bill.

No firing squad for Mississippi's death row inmates

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:58:05 GMT

The change, by a state Senate committee, came after the lower chamber passed a proposal Feb. 8 that would have allowed death by nitrogen gas chamber, firing squad and electrocution as alternatives to the current method of lethal injection. The state legislature proposed the other options in case others are deemed unconstitutional or become unavailable.

Falling for catfish in the Mississippi Delta

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:24:19 GMT

If it's catfish you crave, make your way down to the Mississippi Delta, where this humble fish can be had fried, baked or sauteed. The place doesn't open until 11:30 a.m., but a good 10 minutes before then, there's a long line at the cash register at Larry's Fish House.

USM in top 15 for 'Best for Vets' colleges

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:45:46 GMT

A magazine for the armed forces has given The University of Southern Mississippi a top ranking for its services for veterans.

USM foundation launches crowdfunding platform

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 09:39:30 GMT

The USM Foundation has announced the launch of Eagle Fever - Southern Miss Crowdfunding to provide members of The University of Southern Mississippi community an avenue to raise funds and awareness about specific campus needs and projects. Eagle Fever is an online fundraising tool used to generate support for Southern Miss by connecting the power of social media, peer-to-peer relationships and collective giving.

More than 50 detained in immigration raids at Asian restaurants in Mississippi

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:44:43 GMT

The first call came Wednesday morning: Federal agents were raiding a Chinese buffet in the city of Pearl. Before long, word spread across Mississippi immigrant communities that agents were targeting a Hibachi grill in nearby Flowood and a sushi restaurant nearly 100 miles away in Meridian.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Enters Southern Mississippi

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:33:46 GMT

Better Homes and GardensA Real Estate has added Wright Realty in Southern Mississippi to its franchise network, the company recently announced. The newly-named Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Traditions, led by owners Walter and Tina Wright, will serve the Jackson, George and Greene counties, with a focus on Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Vancleave, Gautier and Moss Point.

SandRidge Energy's (SD) CEO James Bennett on Q4 2016 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:07:40 GMT

Good morning. My name is Scott and I will be conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the SandRidge Energy Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Earnings Conference Call.

Jack Weatherly - The man who created a new world - Mississippi Business Journal

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:32:32 GMT

Or as acclaimed biographer Peter Guralnick calls him in the subtitle of his book: "The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll."

Photo credit: USM

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:04:52 GMT

Recent graduates of the Family Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Southern Mississippi received a 100 percent pass rate on the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners exam. All 30 students who graduated from the USM College of Nursing's program for 2016 completed the rigorous post-graduate certification requirements.

Mississippi Economic Council President Retiring in June

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:51:40 GMT

The head of the Mississippi Economic Council is retiring in June, and a current staff member has been named interim president and chief executive officer. Blake Wilson has led the state chamber of commerce for 19 years, and will retire June 16. Before coming to Mississippi, he worked in Delaware and Florida.